Hello! Good evening and welcome to my very last Saturdays with Shal. I am super sad we have come to an end but I was honoured and excited to provide you with a weekly dose of health and wellness. I hope you enjoyed and benefited from them. For my last post I have an awesome surprise for you! Throughout the week I contacted some of the professors of Daniels asking them an interview style question. This came from my previous SWS of asking students what their favourite “little things” to do was. I wanted to expand this idea to interact with the faculty so students can get a unique perspective. So, “what is one piece of advice you could give to undergrad architecture / vis students that is related to anything Health & Wellness?” Here are three professors’ responses:
"Keep your community strong!
Look out for the people around you and keep lines of communication open. Architecture is a group effort that only gets better when people work together. As students and designers, the instinct is to sometimes isolate and work alone. Find the time to share your work with the peers you look up to and those you may even disagree with.
Take the time to stop and say hello to classmates and friends. Ask them how things are going and check in with friends who might be feeling stressed out or overwhelmed. A quick chat and a little laugh can go a long way!"
"Sleep is overrated. Cycle to class."
"My advice would be to have regular exercise of some sort, or evenly simply walking or biking to studio/work be a part of your average daily & weekly routine. As students and later in our careers, most us spend the vast majority of our time seated at a desk, in front of a screen. It's important to offset that physical inactivity, and doing so can have a positive effect on our our bodies and can also help clear our mind sometimes when we need to.”
“In a program as large as ours, it’s sometimes easy to forget that we (faculty, staff, students) are all in this together. Lean on your colleagues for advice on matters both big and small, and ask faculty and staff for guidance when you need it. We are a friendly bunch (I promise!) and some of the best encounters you can have as a student happen in spaces outside of the classroom or studio. Drink plenty of water, and remember to get away from your screens and take a walk (preferably outside) every once in a while; it’s good for your heart, and your head.”
Thank you to these four for taking time to respond. And thank you to everyone that gave me feedback throughout the year and the kind words. I loved my position here in AVSSU and am excited to announce that Naomi Litwack will be carrying on the responsibilities, I have a feeling she will do great! This is Shal, for Saturdays with Shal saying one last goodbye and good luck with your finals. Keep it classy out there!
Well hi there! Welcome to this week’s edition of Saturdays with Shal. As mentioned last week there were some people that wanted options for home workouts, hopefully in video form. This was awesome, thank you for the request. I’m actually going to hype some Youtube channels, workout videos, and apps today. So I’ll start with Youtube channels: Fitness Blender is an excellent channel devoted to home-workout style fitness. Here’s their channel -> https://www.youtube.com/user/FitnessBlender . Want Yoga specific exercises? YogaTX is a good channel for all skill levels: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogatx . If you’re looking for the highest intensity home workouts (let’s be real…. me neither) look for P90X or Insanity through Amazon. If you asked me what I think is the best, I would say apps. My personal favourite is Nike’s set of apps. Nike+Training Club is amazing (http://www.nike.com/ca/en_gb/c/nike-plus/training-app). They have everything from different skill level, to duration, to equipment, to intensity, to focus. NTC is interactive, meaning it keeps your time for you, a video explaining each workout, how many reps you need, and allows you to pause if you need a break. You can play your music at the same time and receive a progress report at the end. A specific feature I love is something called “My Plan.” You custom make your own workout plan using settings and the app does the planning for you. For example, "start up” is a 4 week plan that allows you to choose no equipment, how many workouts per week, and if you want to include running. This creates a day to day schedule for you… pretty awesome if you need motivation! Simultaneously with Nike+Training Club is Nike+Run Club (http://www.nike.com/ca/en_gb/c/nike-plus/running-app-gps). Similar to NTC, NRC is completely customized to your skill level and time management. Use "My Coach” to get started on a plan. Lastly there’s yoga apps. Just by searching “yoga” in the App Store or Google Play, you’ll find hundreds of apps available. Unfortunately most of them need to be purchased, but there are some free ones as well. I personally use Pocket Yoga. It costed $2.99 but gave me access to a large selection of yoga workouts.
Well that is all this week, Daniels. I encourage you to at least download the apps (if not these ones, try some others!) and check out how they work (then while you’re at it create a plan and started working out *evil genius, maniacal laugh*). See you next Saturday with tips on calorie consumption, keep it classy out there.
Hey! Welcome to part II of “Get Your Butt in Gear” (physically) with me, Shal, for Saturdays with Shal. Last Saturday I talked about ways that you can get involved with U of T for intramurals or our facilities for working out (did I mention Hart House has a gym too). But I probably should’ve started with the basics: how much exercise someone our age needs to get everyday as stated by the Heart and Stroke Foundation (Link below). According to the experts, we need 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week (wow thats a tongue twister). And no I’m not talking about aggressively flipping through Netflix. Try something that includes a little bit of everything from the triple threat category:
-Endurance activities: Are continuous activities such as walking, cycling and tennis. I’m assuming you do a lot of walking whether you commute or not, studio is literally in the corner of campus. Endurance is especially beneficial for your heart, lungs and circulatory system.
-Strength activities: Such as carrying groceries (or textbooks!), and weight training. These strengthen muscles and bones and improve posture (I probably win the award for worst posture).
-Flexibility activities: such as stretches, yoga, housework or golfing (I’m gonna assume nobody does that last one…. or the third one). These keep your muscles relaxed and your joints mobile.
So now you can integrate this sciency stuff along with last weeks tips on where to go. In no time we will have a buff squad that will kill it at the bed races next year at orientation week! Thats all for now, keep it classy, Daniels.
Hey… hows your Saturday going? Mine’s going great. So was my Thursday thanks to our AVSSU Club Night! If you missed out I hope to see you at the next one. This is Saturdays with Shal to give you a break as you scroll through Facebook on that study break. Recently I was asked by a Daniels student how I manage to keep fit through working out four times a week and playing Tri-Campus Volleyball even with the busy schedule of a third year. My answer was simple: make time for the things that are important to you. They said, “thats deep Dr. Phil” but its true. Staying physically active and fit are important to me so I make time for those things. Now, I get it - maybe you’re not much of a sporty person or are intimidated by the university gyms but I encourage you to break out of that comfort zone! For all the intramural sports offered at U of T (yes, theres tons of them) there are different levels of competition that help everyone play to their level. Check out http://www.uoftintramurals.ca if you are interested in intramural involvement. As for working out at the Athletic Centre or Goldring, I suggest starting at Athletic Centre as Goldring is usually where the intimidating Varsity players go. Bring Tcard for access! I was also asked by another Daniels student during Orientation Week if getting involved with clubs or athletics is important because they were worried about commitment and balance. I told them that it is in fact very important, one of the main reasons being that you meet people at U of T outside of the Daniels faculty. Being in clubs and athletics introduces you to students that have the same interests as you, whereas you might not get that connection with some friends in Daniels. Well, I hope I’ve convinced you to at least consider getting more active and involved! Have a safe Halloween everyone (or if you’re like me where you don’t really celebrate it, have a good weekend). I’ll see you next Saturday. And if there’s a best time to say these next few words it would be for this weekend: keep it classy, Daniels.